A message from Anonymous
I will look under F&Q for the answer to my question. Where did you get this information you posted about the Presentation of Mary at the Temple when she was 3? It is not in scripture. Are you adding to scripture or is this a tradition?

Hello again dear friend,

The Presentation of the Most Holy Theotokos at the Temple comes to us from the Tradition. Virgin Mary was taken —presented—by her parents Joachim and Anna into the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem as a young girl, where she lived and served as a Temple virgin until her betrothal to St. Joseph. One of the earliest sources of this tradition is the non-canonical Protoevangelion of James, also called the Infancy Gospel of James.

Indications that this Feast was observed in the first centuries of Christianity are found in the traditions of Palestinian Christians, which say that the holy Empress Helen (May 21) built a Church in honor of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple.

I hope this helps a little,

God bless you!


sebastianmorris said: It is so important to remember that Scripture exists as one part (albeit a very important part) of the Tradition of the Church. Not as many Protestants would have it, the other way around.

Scripture and Tradition

The Old Testament Reading

…Thank God, there is still time for a return to the balanced and Spirit-filled understanding of the Holy Scriptures, as guided by the light of Holy Tradition. If we are willing to lay aside our modern prejudices and return to the consistent and clear message of the Bible, understood through the clarifying lens of Holy Tradi­tion, our chances of surviving the current crisis in­crease tremendously. In fact, the very gates of hell will not prevail against us.

As the Bible says,

"Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work" (2 Thessalonians 2:15-17).

And God’s people answered: AMEN!